Shelter of the Monument: A Provincetown Love Story


Author:Yvonne deSousa

  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 298
  • ISBN-10: 1685133169
  • ISBN-13: 9781685133160

Shelter of the Monument: A Provincetown Love Story by Yvonne deSousa is an absorbing memoir that examines the intersection of love and addiction. With its raw and honest narrative, the book takes readers on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of a tumultuous relationship. The story revolves around Yvonne, an introverted and somewhat naive young woman, and Richard, a charismatic and troubled man ten years her senior. Their attraction to each other defies logic and societal norms. Yvonne's description of their initial encounter and the magnetic pull she feels toward Richard is magical, drawing readers into their whirlwind romance.

As the story unfolds, Yvonne and Richard's love is tested by the demon of addiction. Richard's battle with cocaine addiction becomes a central theme in their relationship, and Yvonne struggles with the challenges of loving someone who is deeply ensnared by the drug's grip. The author skillfully conveys the rollercoaster of emotions experienced by both Yvonne and Richard as they navigate the treacherous waters of addiction. DeSousa's storytelling is brutally honest and unflinching in its portrayal of the impact of addiction on relationships. She doesn't shy away from depicting the moments of despair, betrayal, and heartbreak that often accompany addiction. Readers will find themselves empathizing with Yvonne's internal struggles and her unwavering love for Richard, even when faced with the harsh realities of his addiction.

The book is not only a tale of love and addiction but also a poignant coming-of-age story. Yvonne's journey from a young, uncertain girl to a resilient and self-aware woman is beautifully depicted. Her growth and self-discovery throughout the narrative captivated me. The Provincetown setting is colorfully depicted, a place of both beauty and hardship, where the characters confront their demons and face the challenges life throws at them. The town's seasonal changes mirror the emotional ups and downs of the characters' lives, creating a vivid backdrop for an intriguing tale. It was hard for me to believe it was a true story. Shelter of the Monument: A Provincetown Love Story is so real and so deeply moving that anyone who has loved will resonate with the characters. Apart from being a wonderful love story, it is a tale of choice and consequence, one that every lover should read.


Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: November 27, 2023

Category: Memoir

Biography & Memoir